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declared, 'that if they found any proofs against the Earl, he would not engage in the prosecution'; and especially protested against resumptions of grants to Ms family, of which, he said, (there had been much talk, but were what he would never come into, as being very illegal and unjust.' The motion was quite personal against Lord Orford, singly and by name, for his last ten years—the former question had been for twenty years, but as the rules of Parliament do not allow of repeating any individual motion in the same session of its rejection, and as every evasion is allowed in this country, half the term was voted by the same House of Commons that had refused an inquiry into the whole ; a sort of proof that every omne majus does not con-tinere in se minus—but Houses of Commons can find out evasions to logical axioms, as well as to their own orders. If they carry their list, my Lord will be obliged to return from Houghton.
After the division, Mr. Pulteney moved for an address to the King, to declare their resolution of standing by him, especially in assisting the Queen of Hungary—but I believe, after the loss of the question, he will not be in very good humour with this address.
I am now going to tell you what you will not have expected—that a particular friend of yours opposed the motion, and it was the first time he ever spoke. To keep
ItETTEB69.—1 This was much mentioned in the pamphlets "written against the "war, which, was said to have been determined "by a gentleman's fumbling in Ma pocket for a
piece of paper at ten o'clock at night, and the House's agreeing to the motion without any consideration. Walpole.